Obituary for Billy Garrish

William “Billy” Potter Garrish, Jr., 74, of Ocracoke, NC died on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Peak Resources – Outer Banks in Nags Head.

A native of Ocracoke Island, he was the son of the late Doris Lee Howard Garrish and William P. Garrish, Sr. 

After graduating from Ocracoke School, Billy enlisted with the United States Coast Guard serving his country honorably in Viet Nam before retiring. He would later retire from his second career with the National Park Service.

Billy was a member of Ocracoke United Methodist Church, Ocracoke Lodge #747 AF&AM, Scottish Rite, and the Sudan Temple.

Billy is survived by his wife, Agnes Marie Garrish; sister, Merian G. Hoggard; nephew, Van O’Neal and wife, Julie; niece, Kathy O’Neal and husband, David; great-nephews, Fletcher O’Neal, Eric Williams, and Ronnie O’Neal III; great-niece, Rachel O’Neal; and seven great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews 

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, April 14, 2017 at Ocracoke United Methodist Church with Pastor Richard Bryant officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ocracoke United Methodist Church, PO Box 278, Ocracoke, NC 27960 or the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 332, Ocracoke, NC 27960.

Twiford Funeral Home, Hatteras is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at 


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